collections

The Summer Lip #4 – Reds

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Reds are eye-catching and go perfect with a tan. Also, I just feel more bold and in the mood to stand out, so let’s bring them on… As you will see my reds are more on the warm side because they go best with my skin tone and I feel they represent more the warmest season. If they are not your cup of tea check out for example NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon or from the drugstore Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 111 Kiss of Life and Kate Moss Lipstick Collection for Rimmel London 01, just to mention a few but there are many others to choose from.

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Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple, 035
This is THE perfect beginner red. Even though this product is advertised as sheer, Candy Apple is one of the most pigmented from all the lip butters I own. It feels fuss free and easy on the lips. If you are just easing into this color, pick up this one in your nearest drugstore, it’s literally everywhere.

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Hibiscus
You can see how much I love this baby… it’s in a sad-sad state and on my soon-to-be-repurchased list. Well, for next summer because I don’t really wear this in any other season but as soon as the sun is out and it everything is melting around me I sip it out and wear it for weeks until I remember I have others I shouldn’t neglect. It’s extremely vibrant, cheerful, I never tried the original Chubby sticks, but I heard they are pretty sheer but the Intense sister & brothers definitely pack a punch in color. I love to bits everything in it: from the formula to the way it slowly wears off my lips, the twisty mechanism and even the fetching name, Hibiscus… it is my favorite tea flavor and really fitting for this lip product.

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NARS Heat Wave and Jungle Red
It shouldn’t be a surprise that two matte/semi-matte reds found their way into the red company… These are really different reds though. Heat Wave is on the orange end and a stunning semi-matte lipstick that is okay to wear (I would carefully call it comfortable even on a good lip day), while Jungle Reds is really a one of a kind color… I would say watermelon with hints of pink in it but it is really hard to categorize but easy to love. Truly unique! On the hand Jungle Red feels a little bit dryer on the lips from the way it slightly dregs on the lips so I tend to reach for a balm before application.

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And the two next to each other… I hope the tone difference is visible on the photos but it is much more pronounced on the lips.

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Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven
Hourglass came out with a pretty controversial product, at least in my eyes… All the beauty world was aching and uhhing over it but  I couldn’t make up my mind for at least a year after purchase. My first reaction was disappointment and it it got dropped in the deepest bottom of my make-up bag, then when summer was back it creeped forward and I seem to get the hang of it now. Perhaps I grew in my make-up application skills and finally gave it a chance to experiment… Anyway here are my findings. The pros are a long-lasting formula (survives drinks, lighter snacks and even lunch if it is not too greasy and you are careful), a nice applicator, a really unique color that is in between red, coral and pink. Really the color is its most redeeming feature! And it dries matte. This is actually a blessing and a curse as well, blessing cause I love matte and curse, well it can be really drying on the lips. Sure what I say in this case is use your trusty lip balm but it is not very nice to lip balms either: or it messes up the application, or it leaves COLOR on your nice, perhaps even white balm, so chapped lips is a definite no-no with this one. Another huge disadvantage is the fussy application process. You can use only one coat and have to be relatively quick about it, because after some time it starts drying and you can mess up the whole thing. It takes at least 2-3 minutes to completely dry so you are walking around the house with your mouth agape like a fish. Also there’s no way to re-apply without getting annoying little gobs all over your lips, so don’t use this if you are craving a nice, juicy burger…The verdict? I can pull it off on a good lip day with steady hands and expecting to eat light. When it’s actually on I get compliments left and right, BUT! Fussy, fussy, fussy! If you get over these cons, like I can on certain days, you won’t be disappointed but be forewarned… it’s not perfect!

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M.A.C Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Throw Me a Line (Limited Edition)
This one found it’s way into the collection because reds are best worn with a lip pencil under… I am not a fan of thin pencils but It really helped that I bought it in an outlet for half the price and that it has a really stunning color. I occasionally love to wear it by itself too with lots of lip balm to help with the dryness. I heard that MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick from their permanent line is very similar and an easy-to-find alternative.

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Swatch time:

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Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Hibiscus, NARS Heat Wave and Jungle Red, Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, M.A.C Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Throw Me a Line

This is the last installment of bold lip colors this summer. I hope you liked it and it inspired some of you to try out these fabulous lip products. BOLD is fun and on the right occasion with the right make-up and dress everybody should be able to pull it off with style. I like to be a BOLD lipstick girl myself and I am proud of it! Let’s be eternally BOLD in our choices!

See you soon!

♥Eszter

The Summer Lip #3 – Orange Tones

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This post was planned to go up on Saturday but my Internet went puff for the weekend and the better half of the week too. It was a bummer but finally here I am with my orange toned lip products. Orange lipsticks are my absolute favorite bold shades to wear. They go best with my skin tone and I love that every time I wear one it feels like I’m making a statement.

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The Summer Lip #2 – Corals

 

The Summer Lip_Corals

Corals are great for spring and summer too. In spring I tend to wear more that subtle shades and in summer I reach for the bolder ones but really there are days when I’m not in the mood for strong colors then I exclusively choose the lighter versions. I’m partial to mattes with this color, as you will see… I have only one shiny finish, a cremesheen. I picked two higher end (with one extremely expensive) and three drugstore offerings.

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The Summer Lip #1 – Pink and Fuchsia

The Summer Lip_Pink and Fuchsia

I’m addicted to lipsticks and especially love the summer season when you can get away with wearing any bold color you like. And I love ‘em! In this series I’ll show my favorite 3-5 lip products in every color family I own. This first post is about pink and fuchsia. I am not a big fan of bold pinks in general. Most of the blue toned pinks clash horrible with my coloring (I’m too yellow toned) but I have three exceptions that I do wear when the mood hits.

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Rummage sale/heaven at the Art Museum

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It’s garage sale time but I was so busy studying and on a tight budget so I didn’t have a chance to go for any of it. My bad! However I found a flyer for a rummage sale in my town’s Art Museum. It collected money for a good cause and just looking at the sheer amount of stuff lying around a lot of people donated.When we arrived it was already quite late, they were close to closing so everything was on half price. LUCKY!!! I found a lot of knickknacks and hidden treasures dirt cheap. Mainly I’m planning to use these as photography props and some I just needed to have. You know, that urge to own and never let go.

Here are my treasures:

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Spring Collection 2014 Reviews And Make-up Look

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As part of my spring series it’s time for reviews and a make-up look. In the last two months I purchased some pieces from the NARS Final Cut Collection for Spring 2014, and a powder from Clarins Opalescence Spring 2014 Collection.

Spring makeup for me is subtle, full of peach and rosy pink and really light on the face. I like to leave off bronzer and shimmer on the cheeks and prefer naturally bright skin peeking out under my foundation (I achieve that with skin-care products like Origins Gin-Zing Energizing Moisturizer, see review here). And if we are already talking about it, at spring time I like lighter mineral foundations paired with a good-coverage concealer at least until summer heat sets in and I don’t have a choice if I want to stay relatively oil free with my combination skin. Eye make is also light at this time of the year with some basic colors to slightly emphasize the eye socket and thin black liner (I have Audrey Hepburn in front of my mental eyes when I think spring…). Brows are not too drawn in either to keep it more natural.

The next Spring Collection products help me with this spring look.

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My Travel Beauty

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As I mentioned before in my Beauty Packing for Travel post I’m staying with my family and only for a week so I packed really light clothes wise. This meant enough space for my considerable travel stash in my fav toilette bag with tiny whales (yeah, you read right!!!) and hearts from Women’s Secret. Be forewarned, this is not the lightest I have ever packed I could definitely downsize more but this time I didn’t have the space constrains so I was able to pack a little bit of everything however no make-up brushes this time. I decided to go with the hands are your best tools approach… it’s a first but I’m not complaining yet.

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State Your Stationary

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Stationary is a new-old thing for me. I remember standing before pretty notebooks and cards when I was a youngster but a since then gradually turned towards more digital solutions until my move to America, when I had to leave all my papers and writing stuff behind, then I went completely digital. I love how handy it is just to type something into a device and see it on all your gadgets seconds after. Cool and fascinating! But there IS something about handling something made of paper, a curious satisfaction in turning the pages and see the handwritten lines crawl over every possible space.

For studying I still find the ease of technology refreshing for practical reasons but for creative writing I will try to turn back to the old-fashioned. So I’m back in business… My stash of stationary and pens is seriously lacking so I’m thinking more upgrade in the future. Love fountain pens and can’t wait to put my paws on a new one!!!

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In the meanwhile back to the present. I used Barnes & Nobles’ webshop to purchase two notebooks, a fancy and a simple one to encourage myself to take up handwriting and some pretty colored pens. Hope to spend some quality time in their company!

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Julia Rothman Typewriter Eco-Journal

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Rhodia Orange Side Stapled Lined Journal 6″ x 8.25

See you soon!
♥Eszter

Candle-crazed

Candlelit

“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.”
-Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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